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The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde

anna_keenan210's review against another edition

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5.0

This book is a great model for how society depicts vanity, corruption and cruelty. I found Dorian to be very intriguing and often (dare I say it) kind of relatable. He was very naive at the start of the novel and obviously this was due to Lord Henry's influence.

This is my first time reading one of Oscar Wilde's works and I must say that the man has a way with words! The writing was beautiful yet held emotion and sorrow and really conveyed the characters' moods and the surroundings.

People categorise this book into the horror genre which I think is wrong. It isn't a typical scary story full of monsters and vampires which is what the horror genre is typically based off. Dorian sells his sole to the Devil in order for immortality and eternal youth, which is blasphemous and more gothic than horror in my opinion.

The book is a good example of showing us that being afraid of our own conscience and actions is worse than being spooked by the monster under your bed. Man is sinful and we as humans often find ourselves crossing the line between morality and immortality unconsciously.

marsking's review against another edition

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dark emotional tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

danielacampello's review against another edition

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dark reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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paulamar's review against another edition

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dark emotional mysterious reflective tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

waste_cup's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

jcarmjn's review against another edition

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4.0

4.4

annahgys's review against another edition

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5.0

This was sooo good! New fave

manhunt's review against another edition

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4.0

this book is truly a masterpiece. every word was chosen with a thought and every sentence is worth remembering. the only downside is the time it took for me to grow attached and understand the story. it is hard to read but definitely worth every second of your time. if however you excitement this might not be the book for you since it is written solely for its beauty and message.

hollyrooker's review against another edition

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challenging dark informative mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0


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bubblemaker's review against another edition

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dark mysterious reflective tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25